dancingTao is a collective of dancers, facilitators, artists and other agents of change. Using the maps of 5Rhythms, Movement Medicine and other practices, we create and hold spaces where people can move, connect and transform through the use of music and movement.
Our 5Rhythms drop-in class ‘Sweaty Thursdays’ has been held weekly at St Peter's Church in Vauxhall since 2005, and is something of a legend in the field of movement practice and so-called 'conscious dance’.
All in Movement (AIM) is a European Erasmus-funded project exploring movement practice and social inclusion. The project is led by dancingTao in collaboration with three partner organisations: Association Cultural Ubuntu in Movimento from Rome, Martina Weinheimer 5Rhythmen from Berlin and Táncmeditáció Közhasznú Nonprofit Kft from Budapest The project brings together movement teachers, organisers and practitioners to explore how movement practice can itself become more inclusive and in turn support social inclusion and diversity. The focus for doing this is both through developing reach-out work and through following a learning process of cultivating awareness of the social, cultural and other issues that can either support inclusion or create exclusion depending on how we work with them.
AIM is a year-long enquiry which will complete in the autumn of 2018. Rhythm Village is the second public offering of the project, following an event in Budapest in January. On Friday 15th June, AIM partners will lead an evening dedicated specifically to offering sharings from the project - through both presentations/discussions and experiential movement - come along and find out more.
Christian de Sousa is the creative director of dancingTao and has a track record of embarking on ground-breaking but frankly over-ambitious projects. He curated the Babylon Soul Café festival in east London in 2014 and after taking well over 3 years to recover, he persuaded the rest of dancingTao, the All in Movement project partners and various other brave souls, to get together and put on Rhythm Village.
Noticing as a movement teacher how the dancefloor seems to foster strong connections and fertilise community, he has spent years exploring how movement practice can be a resource to build bridges, cultivate awareness and support collective well-being as well as individual empowerment.
His intention as a curator is to create a platform for facilitators, artists and dancers to find their unique voices in service of the people.
Jacqueline Steinmetz is a producer and currently working at Queen Mary University designing career development programmes. Since 2016, she is part of Theatre Odd Eyes, supporting their work on diversity and cultural inclusion as a Board member. After years of working as features writer and journalist in Germany, she co-founded the 491 Gallery in London Leytonstone –a cinema and exhibition space hosting poetry and performances. Since she has worked with organisations like National Film and Television School and Barbican, fundraised and co-produced the site-specific opera The Secret Consul at Limehouse Old Town Hall, and established various educational performing arts projects, such as I Only Eat Yellow, a creative learning project to enhance children’s story telling skills via their sense of smell. Jacqueline discovered movement meditation in 2014 and fell in love instantly. Being an avid dancer since, the practice has changed her understanding of self, body, movement and dance forever. Jacqueline is particularly interested in exploring movement meditation as an infinite source of creativity, community and aliveness.
Matt Shearing is a designer, community event promoter, artist & long time dancer. Having finally closed the local, independent business his family owned & ran in Clapham Junction for 20 years, he has moved on to using his love of art & design & applied it to his deep passion for embodied work. He designs logos, assets, websites & flyers for yoga, dance & movement practices as well as being Trustee of the Lightning Fast Foundation, a charity that helps young people through coaching & community engagement. During his time running All Good Gifts he sat on the Board of the Clapham Junction Town Centre Partnership and was Vice-Chair of the Northcote Business Network, where he helped run & promote large community events in South London - most notably the Northcote Road Summer fete, which attracted 10,000 visitors every summer. He is also actively engaged with running community events for Buddhafield, a Buddhist charity and this 5Rhythms dance community. Matt’s hobbies include dancing, ultimate frisbee, painting, photography, screen-printing and he has an interest in personal development, coaching & embodiment.